"[Eric Sloane is] doing gallant service, preserving records of the ways and the means of the forefathers who got along well with the resources now long forgotten."-- Springfield Republican This nostalgic text brims with gentle philosophies and descriptions of how we used to live--self-sufficiently--on land, in homes, and among things built by hand. The author's charming illustrations of early artifacts enhance a book that not only celebrates the American heritage and the spirit that nurtured it, but also recalls America's noble optimism, independence, and the vanished joys of the pioneer past. Craftspeople, collectors, and Americana enthusiasts will be delighted with this classic. 44 line illustrations.Sloane, Eric is the author of 'Once upon a Time The Way America Was' with ISBN 9780486444116 and ISBN 0486444112.